Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Endicott NY

Engineered lumber in Endicott does everything solid-sawn lumber does, except better. It's stronger, lighter, straighter, and more stable. But working with I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is different than solid-sawn lumber, so check out these tips for getting better, faster results.

Local Companies

ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Endwell
607-786-3316
3125 Pearl Street Endwell, NY, 13760
Endwell, NY
LOWE'S OF BINGHAMTON, NY
607 762-1000
1318 UPPER FRONT STREET BINGHAMTON, NY, 13901
Binghamton, NY
Greene's Ace Home Center
(607) 692-3400
2563 W Main St
Whitney Point, NY
Home Central
(607) 785-3307
199 Stage Road
Vestal, NY
Oakdale Mall
(607) 798-6000
Rt 17 Expy Exit 70
Johnson City, NY
Lowe's
(607) 762-1000
1318 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY
Fastenal- Binghamton
607-724-4177
441 Court Street Binghampton, NY, 13904
Binghampton, NY
LOWE'S OF VESTAL, N.Y.
607 770-9800
225 SYCAMORE RD. VESTAL, NY, 13850
Vestal, NY
Valu Home Center
607-687-6800
Rt 17C P & C Plaza
Owego, NY
Kovarik True Value Hardware
(607) 729-0802
276 Clinton St
Binghamton, NY

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Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: March 1, 2003

By Scott Woelful

Engineered lumber does everything solid-sawn lumber does, except better. It's stronger, lighter, straighter, and more stable. But working with I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is different than solid-sawn lumber, so check out these tips for getting better, faster results.

Beams and Rim Joists. When you hang joists off a built-up center-span LVL beam (or flush header), check the widths of the LVL components. I've seen these vary as much as 3/8 inch from one another, which is enough to throw a top-hung joist hanger out of line. When the hanger is off, it's difficult to set the joist properly. To compensate for this we assemble headers and beams and then power plane them flush to flatten the top edge, before installing hangers and joists.

OSB rim joists can vary in thickness. Moisture swells them quickly, which can affect your joist measurements and slow you down. The best strategy to avoid this is to schedule delivery of your rim joist material just in time to use it, and keep it as dry as possible until it's installed.

Storage. Manufacturers recommend storing I-joists on edge. If laid flat on uneven terrain, they can take on a wobble. Using layout marks on your floor sheathing helps you keep joists in line as you lay the sheathing.

Cutting. You don't have to, but we find it's easier to use guides for cutting I-joists.

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